- Publisher's Preface by Reg Barrow
- Foreword by Larry Birger, Jr.
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics
- Introductory remarks
A. The Puritan Reformed Church considers Mr. Bacon an erring and disorderly brother in the Lord
B. The Puritan Reformed Church desires Mr. Bacon's correction
C. A description of the format of this response
D. Mr. Bacon has misstated the issues
- Misrepresentation #1: Mr. Bacon represents our dispute as a "tempest in a teapot."
A. Mr. Bacon appeals to the majority
B. Mr. Bacon condemns the Covenanter martyrs as being too rigid and implies that the Covenanters strayed from the doctrines of Second Reformation Presbyterianism
C. A Description of Richard Cameron's martyrdom
- Misrepresentation #2: The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton denounces true churches and maintains that they are the only duly constituted Church upon the face of the earth.
A. Mr. Bacon's charges are scandalously unqualified
B. The disposition of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton toward those who disagree with us
C. The true state of the question
D. The doctrinal position of the Puritan Reformed Church regarding the "being" and "well being" of the Church as it relates to the term "true church"a. The Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter (25:2) defines an essentially true church as having one mark, viz., the profession of the true religion
b. An examination of the Reformers doctrine regarding the "being" of the church
c. The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton unequivocally states that there are many truly constituted churches (essentially considered) in the world
d. Distinguishing between the "being" and the "well being" of the church
e. The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton agrees with both Samuel Rutherford and the 1560 Scottish Confession, while Mr. Bacon misrepresents all parties involved
f. What is Mr. Bacon really saying about all other churches when he attempts to form a new presbytery instead of joining an already existing one?
g. Mr. Bacon is a promoter of independent denominationalism
h. The worldwide vision of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton
- Misrepresentation #3: The Puritan Reformed Church maintains that a church cannot be truly and biblically constituted without formally swearing and adopting the Solemn League and Covenant.
A. The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton unequivocally states that it is NOT necessary to swear the Solemn League and Covenant to be a truly constituted church (as to "being" or essence)
B. The true state of the question
C. The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton maintains that, in a land already bound by the covenants, it is necessary to own and renew the National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant to be a truly constituted church as to well being, viz., a faithful church
D. Mr. Bacon ignorantly compares us to keepers of Roman Catholic tradition
E. Mr. Bacon unwittingly becomes an Arminian spokesman
F. Mr. Bacon admits his confusion in his "Defense Departed"
G. A description of the Covenants, their binding nature, purpose, and relevance to the modern day churcha. The Original Intent of the Covenanters was to Swear an Everlasting Covenant Never to be Forgotten
b. The National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant are intended to maintain and preserve the truly constituted church (bene esse), and are not intended to create a truly constituted church (esse)
- In what sense are these covenants deemed everlasting and perpetual?
- A definition of the term "moral person"
- The deep pit of covenant breaking
c. The covenanting parties in the National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant
- The Purpose of Swearing the National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant
- Mr. Bacon says it is not necessary to take the Covenant of the three kingdoms
d. Who are the posterity referred to in the Covenants?
- Mr. Bacon disputes with John Cunningham, John Guthrie and Thomas M'Crie
e. The Essence of Covenants Intrinsic Obligation
- Canada and the United States were a part of "his Majesty's dominions" when the Covenant was sworn and consequently we are morally and formally bound to own, renew, and adopt these "everlasting covenants"
- Moral obligation without formal obligation is precisely what Mr. Bacon pleads for. This, in essence, destroys the whole concept of covenanting
f. Do the Circumstantial details of the Solemn League and Covenant bind us?g. Positive Application of the Covenants to modern Times and Circumstances
h. The Negative Sanction of the Covenants Withdrawal, Censure and Separation
- Covenant Renewal
- Alexander Henderson agrees with the Reformed Presbytery (the so-called Steelites)
- Covenant subscription is a term of communion for all members of Church and State (in a Covenanted nation)
- An examination of the Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. (1638-1649 Inclusive)
- Excommunication of those who would not swear or subscribe the Confession of Faith in Geneva
- The faithful contendings of the "Protesters", exemplifying their steadfast application of the biblical principles of withdrawing and separating from corrupt individuals and pretended assemblies Samuel Rutherford refuses to serve communion with Reformed Presbyterian ministers, Robert Blair and James Wood
- The "Protesters" walk out of General Assembly of 1651, denying the "Resolutioners" pretended authority
- Distinguishing between the "settled" and "broken" state of the Church
- Misrepresentation #4: The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (PRCE) is guilty of imposing the traditions of men upon the conscience by requiring terms of communion that are unscriptural.
A. Mr. Bacon has not done his homework - a direct refutation of his libel regarding the PRCE's view of their own subordinate standards
B. What are terms of communion?
C. An examination of Mr. Bacon's Popish principles
D. A Triple Standard in the Reformation Presbyterian Church?
E. An examination of Mr. Bacon's latitudinarian principles in regard to his terms of communion
F. The danger of latitudinarian schemes of union and fellowship
G. Does Joining the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton require Implicit Faith?
- The Apostles Creed as a Term of Communion?
H. How does one become a member of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton?
I. The Extensive Nature of Terms of Communion
- The Rights of Visible Church Members
- What are the qualifications for Baptism?
- What are the qualifications for admission to the Lord's Table? (positive/negative)
- What did the Reformers mean by such as are "found to be ignorant" in Larger Catechism #173?
- The Westminster Divines define what they understood to be the minimal competent knowledge necessary to be admitted to the Lord's Table
- Mr. Bacon teaches something distinctly different from the Westminster Larger Catechism
- Positive and Negative Agreement in the membership and communion of the church
a. Fully Subscribing to Confessions and Catechisms is a term of communion
b. That Presbyterial Church Government and manner of worship are alone of divine right and unalterable; and that the most perfect model of these as yet attained, is exhibited in the Form of Government and Directory for Worship, adopted by the Church of Scotland in the Second Reformation
c. Taking and Renewing Covenants are a term of communion
d. Historical Testimony as a term of Communion
e. Mr. Bacon absurdly condemns our last Term of Communion
- How did the General Assembly of Scotland view their own history?
- Are our terms of communion too lengthy?
- Appendix A:
Mr. Bacon falsely claims that the Puritan Reformed Church broke lawful vows made to the Reformation Presbyterian Church when they dissociated
- Appendix B:
Letters from Pastor Bruce Robinson (former moderator of the Reformation Presbyterian Church [RPC]) and Dr. Jerry Crick, proving that none of the original members (except the Rowlett session) of the pretended presbytery believed that constitutional vows were taken
- Appendix C:
Mr. Bacon falsely claims that the Puritan Reformed Church has rejected modest means of reconciliation
- Appendix D:
Form of Examination for Communion approved by the Scottish General Assembly of 1592 (96 questions)
- Appendix E:
The Six Terms of Communion of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton
- Appendix F:
Qualification God did not intend the reprobate or secret hypocrites to have the internal right to the Covenant seals
- Appendix G:
A brief examination of Mr. Bacon's principles regarding the visible church and the use of private judgment. Also, some observations regarding his ignoble attack upon Kevin Reed in his book entitled The Visible Church in the Outer Darkness